By Joel C. Atencio and Mary Judaline F. Parlow
Thirteen more people were killed in the flashfloods dumped by Tropical Storm “Sendong” (international codename: Washi) that hit Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte provinces Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths to 213 and hundreds missing.
Reports reaching the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City said a large number of fatalities were victims of flashfloods in hard-hit Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities.
NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) helped out in search and rescue operations in the Mindanao provinces.
In a related development, PRC chairman Richard Gordon said they have 20,000 families in the evacuation centers in the two provinces.
“The Red Cross is sending 10,000 food items as well as 5,000 non-food items for 10,000 families so that we can immediately give alleviation of the suffering,” Gordon said.
PRC secretary general Gwendolyn Pang said they are serving hot meals and distributing relief goods to the evacuees. She appealed to corporate partners to send their donations for the victims.
Search and rescue operations for the missing persons in the flashfloods due to Tropical Storm “Sendong” were temporary stopped Saturday afternoon in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, on account of darkness.
This was relayed by Brig. Gen. Roland Amarille, assistant division commander of the Philippine Army (PA) 1st Infantry Division, over the telephone to defense beat reporters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Amarille said among the 213 reported dead was broadcast journalist Arnold Alnozada, program director of RMN-DZXL.